French star Florent Pagny in tax trial

24th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 23 (AFP) - One of France's most popular pop singers, Florent Pagny, is to appear in court Monday on tax evasion charges alongside the head of Universal Music France, who is suspected of helping him.

PARIS, Nov 23 (AFP) - One of France's most popular pop singers, Florent Pagny, is to appear in court Monday on tax evasion charges alongside the head of Universal Music France, who is suspected of helping him.

The allegations stem from a EUR 1 million (USD 1.2 million) payment the music company made to him in 1996 which he claims was a loan but which French tax authorities argue was an advance on future recording sales and therefore subject to tax.

Pagny, 42, is also accused of not paying EUR 48,000 in sales tax in 1997 and of hiding assets - including Harley-Davidson motorbikes, a Bentley, expensive wines and artworks - that had been inventoried for seizure by bailiffs last year.

The entertainer, who is also a sometime actor, has long cultivated a rebel image and publicly dismissed the allegations against him. He shares his time between France and Argentina, where his longtime girlfriend comes from.

The head of Universal Music France, Pascal Negre, is to appear in the Versailles courtroom on suspicion of aiding Pagny over the 1996 payment.

© AFP

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